Tsunami warning text alerts a result of test from National Weather Service

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That led to reports of tsunami warnings being received by phones and other media by those in the East Coast, Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean, according to a weather service statement.

The message appears to have been conveyed through third-party apps, perhaps including Accuweather, not the us government's wireless and broadcast emergency alert systems.

Some US East Coast residents received a tsunami warning on Tuesday after a test message sent out by the National Weather Service was wrongly interpreted as real by the AccuWeather app.

A spokesman for the NWS told the Houston Chronicle it's not clear how many people in the area received the alert.

The word "TEST" appeared in the header of the government agency's message, but State College, Pennsylvania-based AccuWeather said it automatically passes along weather service warnings based on a computer scan of codes, with no human input.

Pfaff said that he was not sure how many people were affected by the alert but, "I think it was a lot based on the response". "We do tsunami alert testing every month, and it was the same message that went out every month".

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This morning there was a release of a TEST Tsunami Warning which was possibly released via some 3rd party applications.

The push notification sent to phones in SC was reportedly sent by the AccuWeather app, according to the Post and Courier. There are no tsunami warnings in effect at the current time.

Kines did not know how far the erroneous alert traveled, but social media users as far as Florida and Texas reported receiving it as well.

The mistake quickly drew comparisons to the false missile alert that was sent to people in Hawaii on January 13.

A hearing took place on Capitol Hill to make sure emergency alerts are effective and reliable. "We have to do these test messages, it's important to make sure all our communication systems are working properly".

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